Brine that Turkey!

November 22, 2015

Do you have your turkey yet? When you get it, give yourself a couple days to brine your bird in this flavorful brining recipe.  Brining allows salt, sugar and the flavors of the brine to soak into your turkey, giving it needed moisture and seasoning.  No more dry white meat! Read more ›

Buckwheat Sourdough Flatbread

November 8, 2015

Buckwheat Sourdough Flatbread combines two favorite things from my childhood; sourdough bread and buckwheat pancakes.  The result is a bread that’s crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, with a distinctly pleasant tang. Read more ›

Lemongrass Vodka

October 31, 2015

Every year I grow lemongrass, but Minnesota winters are to cold for the perennial grass to survive the hard frosts.  In past years I’ve only used it seasonally during the summer, but this year I had a better idea.  I infused the stalks in vodka. Read more ›

Mixed Beans with Ham Hocks

October 24, 2015

Last October I was in that food and music mecca called New Orleans.  If you’ve never been, and you love food like I do, you’ll find that the city makes an indelible mark on your pallet. A year later I find myself craving red beans and rice in the worst way. Ironically, this dish is the perfect counterpoint to a Minnesota autumn. Read more ›

Wild Mushroom Tart

October 11, 2015

Last week I was a chaperone for my daughter’s 3rd grade camping trip.  On the way home we spied a beautiful orange Chicken of the Woods mushroom on a tree and promptly harvested it for weekend dinner. Read more ›

Turkish Pickled Golden Beets

October 4, 2015

I developed this Turkish-style pickled beet with my friend Megan during an afternoon of canning.  I love the rich flavors of turmeric, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin together in this sweet yet savory preparation.  What could be better during a cold winter’s Read more ›

Rich Spicy Apple Sauce

September 25, 2015

Fall has arrived and so have the apples. My daughter’s 3rd grade class visited a biodynamic organic apple farm last week and brought back 20 pounds of gorgeous sweet sour cooking apples. I helped a class of 24 nine-year-olds chop, cook, food mill and can 35 half pints Read more ›

Indian Summer Giardiniera Pickle

September 25, 2015

We are deep in indian summer here in Minnesota.  A couple light frosts have hit the gardens, but produce still continues to ripen, unaware that it’s almost October.  Peppers seem to be the last thing to arrive in the garden, and with 80 degree days, they just keep coming.  To preserve the late bounty of my garden, I made Italian-style giardiniera. Read more ›

Thai Spiced Kalettes

September 16, 2015

It’s kale. It’s a Brussels sprout. Wait, it’s both!  Kalettes are the new “in” vegetable and you know how I know?  I saw them at the Minnesota State Fair.  So when the good people who developed this kale/sprout cross asked if I’d like to do a post for them, how could I refuse?   Read more ›

Small Batch Bloody Mary Mix

September 4, 2015

I can a lot of heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms are know for being a bit watery, so after canning the tomato flesh, I am left with loads of juice. What’s a girl to do? Make Bloody Mary Mix, of course. The mix is super easy. Just combine juice with seasonings Read more ›

Tomato Corn Chowder

August 28, 2015

(Repost from a few years go.  Fall seems right around the corner, so it feels fitting.) Tomatoes, corn, potatoes, sweet onions and smoked bacon create a delicious seasonal soup. Fall arrived last night with strong winds and a big cold front.  Read more ›

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